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Athletes' Wives Experience The Same Betrayals

Like politicians, star athletes -- rock-stars of the ring, court or field -- have ready access to willing women.

Lynette Taylor said her husband, N.Y. Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, was "set up" by a 16-year-old girl who accused him of rape in 2010. Earlier this year, Taylor struck a deal in which he pled guilty to patronizing a prostitute and a count of sexual misconduct, which kept him out of prison for statutory rape, but required he register as a sex offender.

In June 2003, L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado resort where she worked. Bryant's wife Vanessa stood by his side at a news conference when he maintained the sex was consensual and said he was "disgusted at myself for making the mistake of adultery." Three days after prosecutors announced the charges, Bryant bought his wife a $4 million, 8-carat purple diamond ring.

There are times when a husband's contrition and a wife's acceptance can make a marriage stronger, Kirschner said.

"That's if they're willing to go into therapy and there is true remorse on the part of the person who has cheated, and a willingness to make reparation and a willingness to ... build a new level of intimacy and openness," Kirschner said. "I've seen that work out in therapy, but not typically when there's been serial cheating, when the guy is a player, when there's been coercion and illegal acts."

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